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Quick Refried Black Bean Quesadillas

Quick Refried Black Bean Quesadillas


4 Servings
* Optional Substitution Note

  • spray avocado oil
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • juice from 1 lime
  • Beans
    • 1 tablespoon avocado oil (or olive oil)
    • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
    • 1/2 cup diced onion
    • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
    • 2 teaspoons cumin
    • 1 1/2 cans (638g) no salt added black beans, drained (1 can = 425g, 1/2 can = 213g)
    • 1 cup water (or more as needed)
    • sea salt to taste
  •  4 low carbohydrate wheat tortillas
  • 1 1/2 cups Mexican cheese blend


Step 1

Set a nonstick skillet on HIGH heat. Once hot, spray with a little avocado oil then add the sliced peppers. Allow them to rest in the skillet without stirring for about 2 minutes , or until you smell and see the peppers begin to sear. Then immediately begin stirring the bell peppers in the skillet. Squeeze in fresh lime as they sear to help with the softening. Remove from the skillet.

Step 2

Place the skillet back on the heat and reduce it to a medium. Once the skillet has cooled down, add the oil, garlic and onions. Caramelize the onions with the garlic for about 2 -3 minutes, or until the onions have turned brown and translucent.

Step 3

Then add just 1 can of black beans – SAVE the remaining portion – and stir it up.  Add in the seasonings and  then begin to MASH the black beans using  the spatula.  Continue stirring and mashing until all of the black beans have been mashed up to create a fragrant black bean  paste.  Reduce the heat in the skillet if needed.

Step 4

Then SLOWLY pour in a few tablespoons of the water, then continue stirring. Continue this as needed until you create a smooth black bean paste.

Step 5

Add the remaining black beans and fold them into the paste. Season to taste with sea salt & pepper, and garnish with fresh cilantro.

Step 6

Build the quesadilla. To one side of a whole wheat tortilla, add a small amount of cheese, then the refried black beans, then some peppers, then a bit for cheese. Fold it close. Repeat.

Step 7

Set a nonstick skillet on medium-high heat, and once hot, spray it with avocado oil.

Add the quesadilla and cook for about 3 minutes on each side, or until one side becomes golden brown with crispy edges.  Flip and cook on the other side.

Step 8

Enjoy with fresh guacamole!

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Prep 5min
Cook 30min
Total 35min
# of servings4

Nutrition per serving

About Kevin - author


Hey, I'm Kevin

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and maintaining an active lifestyle.

By experimenting in the kitchen and sharing my meals on Tumblr, I learned healthy eating is not boring! By making a few adjustments to my favorite foods, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my wellness goals while satisfying my desire for BANGIN food! 😅 Now I try to help people around the world realize that same level of freedom in eating regardless of budget. Welcome, let's #DemocratizeWellness together!